Category: Indian Ocean
December 28, 2007
Needed: Coconut Pluckers. Plenty of Work Available.Looking for an outdoors job? Enjoy climbing coconut palm trees?
The Hindu News reports that there is a severe shortage of coconut pluckers in Kerala.
From this news article.
October 28, 2006
Ketamine Disguised as Coconut CharcoalWhat will they think of next...
June 03, 2006
Live near an angry volcano? Offer it coconutsThat's what they do in Java, near Mount Merapi, according to this article: "... Apart from the relative risks of leaving or staying put, many villagers feel a spiritual attachment to Merapi. The volcano is shrouded in superstition. Once a year they perform a ritual to placate it, offering up gifts of rice, green coconuts, and cow's liver..."
November 27, 2005
TsunamiBig story in the New York Times Magazine about last year's terrible tsunami. From the article:
The whole story is available here.
November 06, 2005
Those Pesky Red Palm WeevilsMore threats to coconut trees: this time, watch out for Rhynchophorus ferrugineus!
From the article: "The eggs are usually laid in fresh wounds or injuries on the coconut palm. The apodous (absence of legs) grub bores into the interior of the palm, feeding voraciously on the inner soft succulent tissues."
I guess everyone, even weevils, loves coconuts.
December 26, 2004
Earthquake and TsunamiThe headlines today are full of news about the earthquake and tsunami in South Asia. Here's one page that's trying to summarize the news.
Interesting that there hasn't been a peep about the situation at the Diego Garcia military base. Surely it got hit too, if the Maldives did.
Meanwhile, here's some Flickr coverage of the tsunami.
September 29, 2004
Brad DeLong on CoirNot often that coir gets mentioned in a big long blog posting (or even a tiny blog posting), but sometimes it does.
May 16, 2004
Coconut HazardsCoconut tree falls on child in Male, Maldives. Story from Haveenu Daily here.
April 11, 2004
Too much spirit kills sorcererHere's a news report out of Sri Lanka of a sorcerer who accidentally killed himself instead of removing the evil spirit from a customer:
The 71-year-old man had used his full force to dash a coconut on the ground as part of the ritual on behalf of a customer, but lost his balance and ended up hooked on the trident, a weapon of Hindu gods, the Sinhalese-language Lankadeepa said.
February 07, 2004
The Coconut Giveth and the Coconut Taketh AwayFalling Coconut Tree Kills Man is the headline of a story datelined Male, Maldives, on January 25th 2004. The tree was being cut down, and he stood in the wrong place when it fell. Ouch.
November 12, 2003
First There is a Coconut, Then There Isn't, Then There IsYou might say the region around Trincomalee in Sri Lanka has lost a thousand acres of coconuts a year for the past twenty years, thanks to the ongoing civil war in the country. Here's an article about how the Coconut Cultivation Board has begun a new seedling distribution to the needy residents of the area, in the hopes of restoring the coconut-based economy.
October 08, 2003
Update on Chagos CaseLooks like some sort of ruling is forthcoming from a judge in the UK regarding the Chagos Islanders exiled from Diego Garcia decades ago.
This was mentioned here in the Coconut Blog back on July 29th.
October 03, 2003
Kerala's TeledensityKerala, a region of India that just might be the coconut capital of the world, claims to have the highest "teledensity" --- ratio of telephones per capita --- in all of India. Compared to Europe and North America, the word density would not be the first thing to come to mind: Kerala has only 10.6 telephones per 100 people, while India as a whole averages 5 per 100. The waiting list for landlines in Kerala has 460,000 names on it.
July 29, 2003
Kerala Facing 'Acute Shortage' of CoirNews from Kerala, the Indian region known as the "Land of Coconuts":
Replying to questions, Agriculture Minister K R Gauri Amma told the state Assembly that the present crisis in the coir industry was not due to the piling up of stock, but due to the acute shortage of raw materials.
See the full story from KeralaNext.com.
Chagos Islanders Want to Go HomeThere's an interesting story in the July 27th issue of The Observer about the plight of the original inhabitants of the island of Diego Garcia who were kicked off the island to enable US/UK to establish a base there.
From the article:
Those 'Tarzans and Men Fridays' had in fact been on the islands for several hundred years, working on the coconut plantations, speaking a Creole tongue derived from French and English, and hunting and fishing for food.
The effect of the uprooting of the islanders from their homes devastated many lives. Cherry said: 'My father eventually went mad before he died. He spent too much of his life in grief.'
Here's a related (and more in-depth) November 2000 story from BBC News: The Chagos Islands: A Sordid Tale.
UPDATE: 31 July 2003... Here's a page with a huge amount of details on the lawsuits, the demands of the Chagos Islanders, and the latest news, from Ted Morris, the guy who runs a likewise huge website on everything you ever wanted to know about Diego Garcia -- at least, from the American serviceman's perspective.
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